Firm Profile > Vedder Price > Washington DC, United States

Vedder Price
1401 I Street NW Suite 1100
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
United States

Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 1

'One of the key law firms in the market', Vedder Price fields a 'very strong' global transportation finance team covering the entire spectrum of aircraft finance transactions, from large M&A transactions to aircraft asset-backed security (ABS) deals, portfolio debt financings, structured multi-aircraft financings, bond offerings and leaseback transactions. Chicago-based practice head Geoffrey Kass focuses on structured financings in the aviation transportation industry; and Adam Beringer (also in Chicago) is a highly regarded commercial aircraft finance specialist. In NewYork, Jeffrey Veber has a strong track record in aviation finance transactions; and Cameron Gee ('one of the best, if not the best, aviation lawyer I have worked with', according to one client) recently represented Castlelake in the structured loan financing of 16 737-800 aircraft and two 777-300ER aircraft for Virgin Australia. lso recommended are Los Angeles-based Raviv Surpin, who advises on a range of aircraft finance transactions; and Michael Draz, a specialist in transaction structures, and commercial aircraft deal expert Mark Ditto, both of whom are based in Chicago. New York-based Justine Chilvers is 'an excellent associate'.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Kass

Other key lawyers:

Adam Beringer; Jeffrey Veber; Cameron Gee; Raviv Surpin; Michael Draz; Mark Ditto; Justine Chilvers; James Kilner

Testimonials

The team is very strong; it is one of the key law firms in the market working on a lot of different projects, so has an excellent understanding of the market. The attorneys also represent excellent value for money.

Cameron Gee is one of the best, if not the best, aviation lawyers I have worked with. He is not only competent but also very creative and solutions driven.

Michael Edelman from the bankruptcy team is extremely knowledgeable and stands out against other lawyers.

Justine Chilvers is an excellent associate.

Key clients

Air Canada

Aero Capital Solutions

Allegiant Travel Company

Aviation Capital Group LLC

Castlelake, L.P.

Export Development Canada

Export – Import Bank of the United States

Investec Bank Limited

ITE Management

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

SKY Leasing

Southwest Airlines Co.

Stonebriar Commercial Finance

Transport: rail and road - finance Tier 1

Vedder Price's transportation asset finance and securitization team delivers 'creative ideas and its industry knowledge is top notch.' The team is also praised for its 'responsiveness, turnaround times and ability to collaborate'. Widely respected for its understanding of the transportation asset finance market, the practice fields a sizeable group of experts in domestic and international rail asset leasing and debt financing. In Chicago, Geoffrey Kass chairs the global transportation finance team; John Bycraft has extensive experience in structured finance transactions involving portfolios of rolling stock; and Michael Draz is noted for his 'ability to collaborate both with his client and the other side to reach an amicable solution while still winning for the client'. Other key contacts include transportation finance specialist Jeffrey Veber in New York; and Los Angeles-based Clay Thomas, whose practice covers US and cross-border sale, lease and financing transactions. Support at the associate level is provided in Chicago by Joel Thielen and Jillian Greenwald.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Kass

Other key lawyers:

John Bycraft; Michael Draz; Jeffrey Veber; Clay Thomas; Joel Thielen; Jillian Greenwald

Testimonials

Creative ideas and its industry knowledge is top notch.

Great for responsiveness, turnaround times and ability to collaborate.’

‘Michael Draz is a strong counsel, given his industry and market expertise, and he has the ability to collaborate with his client and the other side to reach an amicable solution while still winning for the client.

Key clients

Crédit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Export Development Canada

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba)

ITE Management

MUL Railcars, Inc.

National Steel Car Limited

Riverside Rail

Stonebriar Commercial Financing

Trinity Industries Leasing Company

Trinity Industries, Inc.

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 2

Chicago-based Vedder Price is notable for its work in private equity, especially acquisitions, and for its skills in relation to complex regulated industries such as financial services, health care, gaming,  and investment services (mutual funds and broker-dealers). The group's chair, Michael A. Nemeroff is notable for the breadth of his expertise; advising private equity firms and hedge funds, and advising on leveraged and management buyouts, and advising on structures for executive compensation. With equally broad skills, vice chair, Joseph H. Kye advises on debt and equity offerings in addition to M&A and private equity matters.  Adam S. Lewis advises on the full range of corporate transactions, and PE fund formations. In addition to acquisitions work, Shelby E. Parnes and Benjamin O. Williams assist public and private companies on partnership formations, governance and securities rules and regulations, including SEC filings.  

Practice head(s):

Michael Nemeroff

Other key lawyers:

Joseph H. Kye; Adam S. Lewis; Shelby Parnes; Benjamin Williams

Key clients

Ace Hardware Corporation

L Squared Capital Partners

The Duchossois Group, Inc./Duchossois Group, Inc.

Merit Capital Partners

GrubHub

Glanbia plc

The Edgewater Funds

Enova International

Valor Equity Partners

RoundTable Healthcare Partners

CIT Group

Vance Street Capital Partners

LaSalle Capital Partners

Rockwood Equity Partners

Transport: shipping - finance Tier 2

Vedder Price's New York-based maritime practice group has extensive experience in all types of finance transactions involving maritime and offshore assets, including vessels engaged in international, inland and domestic transportation. It also has expertise in workouts and restructurings. Francis Nolan III advises on the financing of a range of vessels, drill rigs, containers and related equipment; John Bradley is experienced in cross-border marine finance structures; and John Imhof Jr has over 30 years' experience in advising on the domestic and cross-border financing of transportation and offshore assets. Representing clients in corporate and securities matters (with particular emphasis on structured financing), Chicago-based Geoffrey Kass chairs the global transportation finance practice.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Kass

Other key lawyers:

Francis Nolan III; John Bradley; John Imhof Jr

Key clients

Bank of America Leasing & Capital LLC

CIT Group Inc. (including CIT Bank, N.A.)

Global Container Terminals, Inc.

Maher Terminals LLC

Signature Financial

Stonebriar Commercial Finance, LLC

Triton Container International Limited

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Labor-management relations Tier 3

The team at Vedder Price covers a wide range of labor-management relations matters, from assisting clients with union organizing and decertification campaign matters, to collective bargaining and strike support work. The practice’s client portfolio includes a range of national employers from a variety of industries. The group has a particularly strong line-up in Chicago, which includes Kenneth SparksEugene BoylePatrick Spangler and Mark StolzenburgCandice Zee is a skilled labor practitioner in Los Angeles, while labor and employment group head Amy Bess is based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Amy Bess

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Sparks; Eugene Boyle; Mark Stolzenburg; Patrick Spangler; Candice Zee

Key clients

BMO Financial Group

Follett Corporation

Option Care Enterprises

Signode Industrial Group LLC

University of Chicago Medical Center

Euromarket Designs dba Crate & Barrel

Cresco Labs, Inc

Able Services

Ferrara Candy Company

Satellite Healthcare

California Pizza Kitchen

Adventist Health

DSC Logistics, LLC (CJ Logistics America LLC)

OpenText, Inc.

Sonendo

Madden Corporation

University of Southern California

Reyes Holdings

Canvas Worldwide

AAR Corporation

Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 3

Vedder Price is highly active across the spectrum of registered funds work, advising investment companies, advisers, ETFs, broker-dealers, and independent directors. The group has seen several personnel changes over the last year. Marguerite Bateman and Kimberly Vargo, both joined the Washington DC office from Schiff Hardin LLP, and Robert Crea in San Francisco joined from K&L Gates; though Jay Novatney departed for an in-house position. Bruce Rosenblum and Cathy Gonzales O’Kelly lead the practice from Washington DC and Chicago, respectively, with both providing a range of operational and regulatory advice. Renee Hardt is another key figure within the practice, and advises Great-West Funds and its independent directors on fiduciary duties and other governance topics.

Practice head(s):

Cathy Gonzales O’Kelly; Bruce Rosenblum

Other key lawyers:

Renee Hardt; Jacob Tiedt; Deborah Bielicke Eades

Testimonials

‘Vedder Price is the leading firm in our industry niche.’

‘Renee Hardt is responsive, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team exhibits knowledge, client commitment, interpersonal skills, and work ethic.’

‘Maureen Miller, the lead attorney we work with, is outstanding. She has both industry expertise as well as institutional knowledge of our Board and mutual funds. Her work ethic is second to none and she is always available to engage with Trustees.’

‘Cathy O’Kelly and John Marten are experienced and have excellent judgement and communication skills, top drawer in every respect!’

‘Cathy O’Kelly and John Marten, both excellent lawyers, diligent, skilled, detail oriented as necessary, great judgement, highly recommended.’

‘Our experience in working with John and Jacob has been very positive. They are knowledgeable in both their areas of expertise as well as other aspects of legal issues that we are challenged with. They are well rounded in their backgrounds and their views, and approach issues with an open mind focused on finding the best result given the various perspectives of all concerned parties. They are both accessible and have the foresight and relationships to include other members of Vedders Investment Services team on issues that may require more focused expertise. Both John and Jacob have invested their time in understanding our organization.

‘John is a strong relationship attorney and has done well at establishing credibility with the Advisers outside and inside General Counsel. He has a diverse background of serving various investment services clients and brings that background to bear in our situation. His views are balanced and we view his judgment as sound.’

‘Jacob is also strong with regard to relationships and his focus on detailed and complex issues have continued to stand out. He also has a diverse background and good business judgment. He is able to view legal issues from the perspective of his client while remaining balanced in his judgment.’

‘John and Jacob work well together and form a strong team in their responsibilities of representing the Independent Directors.’

‘Marguerite Bateman provides consistent, thoughtful and well-reasoned advice based on her years in the industry. She deftly liaises between the boards and the advisor to solve issues.’

‘Smaller but highly qualified group that work cooperatively to provide actionable advice to their clients.’

‘In addition to excellent legal service, both John S. Marten and Renee Hardt are invested in the success of the Board and fund group. They care about the trustees and are responsive to all requests for advice and counsel.’

‘Deep expertise and team stability leading to a pool of knowledge with direct relevance to our work.’

‘Maureen Miller has such strong mental retention on historical discussions and decisions she adds great value to our current discussions with her contextual adds.’

‘This firm has experience with many mutual funds groups across the country. This broad experience informs their advice.’

‘Cathy O’Kelly is a super lawyer who knows how to frame an issue for a board that promotes good discussion and decisions. Jacob Tiedt is a thorough and careful associate well versed in important topics of compliance and contract renewal.’

‘Cathy O’Kelly and Jacob Tiedt are the lawyers I deal with in my duties as independent trustee. Cathy is our main counsel and does a extraordinary job in providing ’40 Act guidance and industry expertise. Jacob also does an incredible job and is a key advisor in for the Operations and 15(c) Committees which I am a member. During this past year Jacob assisted the 15(c) Committee in continuing to improve materials and calendarization of our processes. It was a successful process. In addition, both Cathy and Jacob were hugely helpful in teasing out a systemic and executional issue.’

‘First and foremost would be the amount of experienced lawyers at Vedder in the asset management industry. This is beneficial to their clients, associates and even tenured lawyers. Additionally, the breath and depth they have across various aspects of .’

‘Maureen Miller has provided outstanding counsel to our board. Rarely, if ever, has she not been able to answer a director.’

‘A proactive team, providing excellent forward looking knowledge to guide board member decision making. Quite capable depth of staff.’

Key clients

Janus Henderson Funds

Great-West Funds

ICI Mutual Insurance Company

Independent Board Members of Principal Funds/ETFs/Interval Fund

Independent Trustees of Columbia Funds

Independent Trustees of Invesco ETFs

Nuveen Funds

Select Sector SPDR® ETFs

Columbia Funds

Dimensional Fund Advisors

William Blair Funds

Independent Trustees of SPDR Funds

Perpetual Limited

Independent Trustees of Franklin Templeton Funds

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 4

Vedder Price's employee benefits and executive compensation practice is led by Christopher Collins, who assists executives and companies with the design of equity compensation and non-qualified deferred compensation plans, and regularly advises on HIPAA issues. Another key figure in the team is Kelly Starr, who provides ongoing advice to Top Line Communications on employee benefits, independent contractor, contingent workforce and executive compensation issues. Also recommended are the 'smart, responsive and collaborative' Thomas Hancuch and Jason Faust, a standout associate in the team. All named lawyers are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Collins

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Starr; Thomas Hancuch; Jason Faust

Testimonials

Great combination of technical skills and client focus‘.

Vedder’s attorneys are knowledgeable, always available, and always pleasant to deal with‘.

Responsive, knowledgeable, business-friendly and great value‘.

Key clients

Coaching Right Now

ArcelorMittal USA LLC

Burberry Limited

Follett Corporation

Byline Bancorp

Huron Consulting Group

Ferrara Candy Company

Immigration Tier 4

Vedder Price's business immigration practice is based in Chicago and handles an assortment of immigration visas and global immigration policies for multinational companies. Group head Sara B. DeBlaze has over two decades of experience in global immigration work, advises clients on family-based and labour visas, as well as permanent residency issues. She is supported by associate Ryan Helgeson who handles I-9 audits and represents clients before I.C.E audits. The team has an employment-related interface and is proficient in employee benefits and international employment law.

Practice head(s):

Sara DeBlaze

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Helgeson

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 4

Vedder Price is noted for defending clients in single plaintiff and class actions before all relevant courts. The team, which is led by Washington DC-based Amy Bess, has experience in restrictive covenants, disability access cases, tort and contract litigation, discrimination and harassment claims, and wage and hour disputes. In Los Angeles Thomas Petrides covers OSHA matters, while Candice Zee combines labor and employment expertise. Nicholas Anaclerio in Chicago is noted for his broad employment practice; other key contacts in Chicago include Elizabeth HallPatrick Spangler and Thomas Wilde.

Practice head(s):

Amy Bess

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Anaclerio; Alex Weinstein; Thomas Wilde; Thomas Petrides; Candice Zee; Elizabeth Hall; Patrick Spangler

Testimonials

‘Responsive, knowledgeable, business friendly and great value.’

‘The Vedder Price team is exceptional. As a team they pull in the various resources available to provide the best legal support necessary.’

‘I have worked with Nick Anaclerio at Vedder for years. Simply put, he is head and shoulders above any other employment attorney I have ever worked with. Not only does he provide creative solutions of vexing legal issues, he consistently expands my knowledge of employment law while I’m working with him.’

‘ I have enjoyed working with them because they are thorough and the thought analysis and strategic approach to matters they have handled has been excellent.’

‘Elizabeth Hall pays attention to details and hears what the client is saying. Those she has engaged to assist have demonstrated the same traits and have been responsive, timely and professional. They communicate well with the client and provide timely updates for legal matters and actions.’

Key clients

BMO Financial Group

Follett Corporation

Option Care Enterprises

Signode Industrial Group LLC

University of Chicago Medical Center

Euromarket Designs dba Crate & Barrel

Cresco Labs, Inc

Able Services

Ferrara Candy Company

Satellite Healthcare

California Pizza Kitchen

Adventist Health

DSC Logistics, LLC (CJ Logistics America LLC)

OpenText, Inc.

Sonendo

Madden Corporation

University of Southern California

Reyes Holdings

Canvas Worldwide

AAR Corporation

Securities litigation: defense Tier 5

The securities litigators in the Chicago office of Vedder Price defend public companies, officers and directors, board committees and auditors in federal and state court securities actions. It also has a busy workload on behalf of commercial and investment banks, broker-dealers, investment advisers, mutual funds, private equity funds, hedge funds and real estate investment trusts. In class actions, governmental enforcement proceedings and special investigations, the team is 'very knowledgeable and creative, and the lawyers have years of experience working for the DOJ and the SEC'. The lead partners are Randall Lending, who handled an investment adviser breach of fiduciary duty case for independent directors of Great West Funds, and former chair of litigation Thomas Cimino.

Practice head(s):

Randall Lending; Thomas Cimino

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Hedges

Testimonials

‘This team is very knowledgeable and creative. They have years of experience working for the DOJ and the SEC. This allows them to understand and explain the governments position as well as being prepared with how to provide applicable defense strategies.’

‘I have worked extensively with Ryan Hedges. In addition to his knowledge both of the law and how the DOJ operates, he is a very personable and understanding person. these are difficult times and he is very cognizant of that. He does well to offer reasons for hope based on the law and the facts in this case. I think that separates him from other lawyers I have worked with.’

Key clients

Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund (IMET)

Independent Directors of Great-West Funds

Power Solutions International, Inc.

Mark Wogsland (Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc.)

Lawrence C. Blaney

Scott Fraser (Contrarian Press, LLC)

Aaron Wise

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 6

Joseph Mannon in Chicago heads up the private fund formation group at Vedder Price. The team has experience across a range of investment classes, including aviation products and real estate funds. Lawyers in Chicago work closely with other offices where needed, and can co-ordinate multi-jurisdictional work between the US, Ireland and the Cayman Islands.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Mannon

Key clients

RCP Advisors

Segall Bryant & Hamill

Mariner

Aero Capital Solutions

SKY Leasing

ArrowMark Partners

AAR CORP.

ACON Investments

Balmoral Funds

Promus

T2 Capital Management

Vedder Price is an international business-focused law firm serving sophisticated clients of all sizes and industries from offices in Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, London and Singapore.

The firm offers a unique mix of finance, corporate, labor and employment, and litigation skills, including market-leading practices in global transportation finance, middle-market finance/M&A, executive compensation, employment class actions and more. Vedder Price has enduring relationships with marquee organizations, and many of the firm’s clients have been with the firm since its founding in 1952.

You can expect practical, responsive, results-oriented, cost-effective service, delivered by a firm with a world-class reputation in key practice areas.

  • Personalized service
  • Distinctive credentials, enduring relationships
  • Competitive rates, with a particular focus on efficiency
  • Strong professional relations
  • Sound leadership and long-term stability
Department Name Email Telephone
President & CEO Michael A. Nemeroff mnemeroff@vedderprice.com +1 (312) 609 7858
Operating Shareholder Dana S. Armagno darmagno@vedderprice.com +1 (312) 609 7543
Vice Chair, Executive Committee Jeffrey T. Veber jveber@vedderprice.com +1 (212) 407 7728
Chair, Labor and Employment Practice Area Elizabeth N. Hall ehall@vedderprice.com +1 (312) 609 7795
Chair, Corporate Practice Area Jennifer Durham King jking@vedderprice.com +1 (312) 609 7835
Chair, Litigation Practice Area Thomas P. Cimino, Jr. tcimino@vedderprice.com +1 (312) 609 7784
Chair, Finance & Transactions Practice Area Venu V. Talanki vtalanki@vedderprice.com +1 (312) 609 7749
Chair, Global Transportation Finance Practice Area Geoffrey R. Kass gkass@vedderprce.com +1 (312) 609 7553
Chief Marketing Officer Katherine Miletich kmiletich@vedderprice.com +1 (312) 609 5043
Photo Name Position Profile
 Marguerite C. Bateman  photo Marguerite C. Bateman Shareholder
 Amy L. Bess  photo Amy L. Bess Shareholder
 Bruce A. Rosenblum  photo Bruce A. Rosenblum Shareholder
 Kimberly Karcewski Vargo  photo Kimberly Karcewski Vargo Shareholder